With a 407-326-9 record, with a winning percentage of .555, with 26 playoff appearances, with nine appearances in the NFL/NFC Championship Game, with four trips to the Super Bowl, the Minnesota Vikings are one of the most successful franchises in the league. It is, of course, incomplete. The Vikings have never won a championship. They are 0-4 in the Super Bowl. They have a proud tradition, a wonderful history, but no titles. It is a history both rich and empty
That's what this is about. We're going to learn if the story of the Minnesota Vikings is an Epic Quest, or some sort of Modernist novel about the futility of human existence. Winning a Super Bowl would be the capstone. Losing now would be one more oh-so-close moment for a franchise filled to overflowing with oh-so-close moments.
This might be another story about coming close but missing out. But this can be a story about redemption. Winning the Super Bowl could mean redeeming the 0-4 Super Bowl record. It could mean redeeming the ending of '75, of '87, of '98, of '00, of '03. It could change everything.
That's what this is about. That's what it means.